Rational Conservatism from the Rocky Mountains
Oh well, it was fun fantasizing about a whirlwind book tour and being able to laugh at being laid off.
Back to reality.
“Gone With The Wind” rejected 30 times; “Dune” rejected 23 times; “Carrie” rejected 30 times.
Rejection is now part of your world, keep submitting, keep writing words.
Don’t even send it elsewhere. Instead, tweak it as best you can while investigating the steps to take to get it self-published.
The Amazon Serial avenue is closed. They have stopped doing that apparently.
Your book is MUCH better than many self-published books which are selling quite well.
Of course, if it’s a trilogy, then you need to be working on books 2 and 3. Everything I’ve read about sf and fantasy trilogys (especially with new authors) is that they sell much better once they are completed – especially if the first is offered for free to entice readers to buy the others.
Again, sorry to hear about the rejection.
So I went ahead and submitted it to a “publishing” company that specializes in self-published distribution but provides the services I’ve really been struggling with anyway, specifically:
– Final editing
– Cover artwork
– eBook formatting
– eBook distributing (Amazon, iBook, etc)
– Online promotion
They claim to have a fast turnaround so hopefully it will just be a matter of days before they respond.
My biggest concern is that I’ve bent the genre too much and it will be a hard sell to editors or industry people who do everything based on clear cut genre boundaries.
Search for another day job till the book thing is established?
If I get the separation package I’ve been promised, I’ll have at least a few months to focus on writing. Hopefully by then some of my non-novel writing income will take the edge off losing my day job. We’ll see.
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